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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Tipton Cosponsors Bill that Supports Alternatives to Opioids in Emergency Rooms, Preventing Addiction

March 7, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) cosponsored the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act, which aims to reduce the use of opioids in hospital emergency departments by establishing an Alternatives to Opioids demonstration program in hospital systems across the country.

“Opioid abuse in America is a multifaceted issue, however opioid addiction often stems from prescribed pain medication,” said Tipton. “The ALTO program offers a unique solution to the opioid crisis by offering non-opioid pain treatments in emergency departments across several states, including Colorado. So far this program has had success across our state in considerably decreasing the use of narcotics, and I look forward to seeing this program implemented in more emergency departments across the nation.”

The ALTO Act would establish a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in hospital emergency departments. It would also provide grant funding to implement these programs.

Background:

The Colorado  Hospital Association has endorsed the ALTO Act. In 2017, the Association launched an ALTO pilot program in the state. Ten hospital emergency departments across Colorado took part and were able to decrease the use of narcotics by 31-46 percent across the program.

Colorado has the 12th highest rate of abuse of prescription opioids in the United States.

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